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The Bob Swanson Memorial Exploration Grant

This grant was created by the owners and staff of Big Agnes in honor of our colleague Bob Swanson who passed away in 2016.

Bob Swanson, The Tent Guy.

Few in the outdoor industry today know of Bob Swanson or his major contributions to our industry. He co-founded Sierra Designs, founded Walrus tents, then sold that to REI and followed it up by working for REI for several years before going out on his own as a consultant. Big Agnes was fortunate enough to connect with him, and a long relationship was born. His passion for design centered on tents and tent architecture. He is widely recognized for ushering in the use of hubs into tent architecture and represented the cutting edge of shelter designers. We had the pleasure of working with Bob here at Big Agnes for more than a decade. His business card included the title, ‘The Tent Guy’. And while that was fitting professionally, he meant so much more to us as a friend, role model, sage and pioneer of the outdoor industry. Our grant committee will seek to help those who seem to best embody Bob’s spirit and love of life and adventure.

Let us help fund your adventure.

In Bob's memory, the grant will award funds of varying amounts depending on the prospective project needs and its budget. Grants will generally fall between the $500 to $1,000 dollar range. Grants will be awarded once a year and will be announced at the Summer Outdoor Retailer tradeshow.

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How to apply.

The three month application period is open from January 27th 2019 through April 5th 2019 at 11:59pm. Please note your project might not meet the criteria, so please read all responsibilities and details carefully before submitting an application. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 GRANT. PLEASE CHECK BACK EARLY 2020 FOR THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY.

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Casey Sheppard, 2018 Bob Swanson Memorial Grant Recipient

Casey took a two-wheel, solo, self-supported adventure from North to South to cover New Zealand by bike. Through windy roads, lonely days, dangerous trees, and a lot of hungry days, Casey kept Bob's spirit alive on a grand mission. Check out her trip story below and apply for the grant if you think you've got the kind of adventure planned that Bob would want to say "Cheers!" to.